Today, the news broke that Beckett Cypher, the twenty-one-year-old son of musician, Melissa Etheridge, has sadly passed away.
Tributes have been flooding in and, now, Melissa has confirmed her son’s shocking cause of death.
Her debut album Melissa Etheridge was released in 1988 and became the starting point of her success.
The album peaked at number twenty-two on the Billboard 200!
Its lead single, “Bring Me Some Water”, garnered Etheridge her first Grammy Award nomination for the female category of Best Rock Vocal Performance.
Which is no mean feat.
In 1993, she won her first Grammy award for the single “Ain’t It Heavy” from her third album, Never Enough.
Before Etheridge came out, there were rumors circulating around her sexuality but after releasing Never Enough, which was considered a more personal and mature album from Etheridge at that time it seemed to inadvertently address these rumors.
Later that same year she released her breakthrough album Yes I Am.
Its tracks I’m the Only One and Come to My Window both reached the top 30 in the United States, and the latter earned Etheridge her second Grammy award.
In October 2004, Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery and chemotherapy.
At the 2005 Grammy Awards, she returned to the stage and, while bald from chemotherapy, performed a tribute to Janis Joplin with the song “Piece of My Heart”.
In 2007, she won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for I Need to Wake Up from the film An Inconvenient Truth.
In September 2011, Etheridge received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Etheridge was discovered in a bar called Vermie’s in Pasadena, California. She had made some friends on a women’s soccer team, and those new friends came to see her play.
Karla convinced Bill to see Etheridge perform live. He was impressed and became a pivotal part of Etheridge’s career.
This caused some speculation over who was the sperm donor for their children. In 2000, the couple revealed it was fellow musician David Crosby.
“I do not believe that my children will be wanting in any way because they didn’t have a father in the home every single day,” Etheridge said. “What they have in the home is two loving parents. I think that puts them ahead of the game.”
And began discussing their want to have children, but they had a dilemma as to whom to have as a sperm donor. “And Jan said, ‘What about David?’” Which sparked the whole idea.
“Melissa and Julie are good people,” he said. “Nice set of values, they’re funnier than shit, and they’ve got courage. All rare stuff. You could see that they were in love with each other.”
But, in recent years, their son, Beckett, had been struggling with addiction.
An opioid is a drug that acts on parts of the brain and body, called opioid receptors which help to moderate sensations such as pain, mood, appetite, and various bodily functions.
Here in America, we are currently experiencing an opioid crisis, with over 400,000 deaths being linked to the drugs over the past 2 decades.
On Wednesday, it was confirmed that the twenty-one-year-old had sadly passed away.
The star said her son had struggled with opioid abuse and said that Beckett had “succumbed” to his addiction this week.
Etheridge broke her silence on Wednesday night after announcing the shocking cause of his death on Twitter.
“Today I joined the hundreds of thousands of families who have lost loved ones to opioid addiction. My son Beckett, who was just 21, struggled to overcome his addiction and finally succumbed to it today. He will be missed by those who loved him, his family and friends.”
Etheridge added: “My heart is broken. I am grateful for those who have reached out with condolences and I feel their love and sincere grief. We struggle with what else we could have done to save him, and in the end we know he is out of the pain now. I will sing again, soon. It has always healed me.”
And former addicts have been sending their condolences while urging those who are struggling with addiction to seek help.
Too many people have been taken from us too soon this year.